Chapter 5. Virtualization Tools

This chapter provides an introduction to the basic tools available to interact with virtualization on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

5.1. virsh

virsh is a command-line interface (CLI) tool for managing the hypervisor and guest virtual machines. virsh is built on the libvirt management API. . The virsh command can be used in read-only mode by unprivileged users, or for full administration by users with root access. In addition, virsh is the main management interface for virsh guest domains and can be used to create, pause, and shut down domains, as well as list current domains. This tool is installed as part of the libvirt-client package.

Note

Refer to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Virtualization Administration Guide for more information about managing virtual machines with virsh.